Winner of the Clive Sherwood Cup

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The 2018 winner of the Clive Sherwood Cup is Harrison Woodcock, a talented young cricketer, who is currently studying at Cirencester College.

Harrison has been playing senior cricket for Cirencester for the last 3 seasons, each year showing an incremental improvement as he masters the skills and nuances of the game. He has also been involved in working with young cricketers. In 2017 he assisted with the English Cricket Board All Stars 5-8 youth initiative. In 2018 he became the lead activator for the All Stars programme, leading a team of 10 to deliver an 8 week package to local children aged 5 to 8. In 2018 he was an assistant coach with the U9 squad at Cirencester College. The Cup was presented to Harrison by the Mayor of Cirencester, Cllr. Patrick Coleman, at the Annual Town Meeting on 16th May

The Clive Sherwood Cup is an award for achievement in sport and is open to anyone between ages 11 -18. Clive Sherwood, who was a long serving member of staff at Cirencester Town Council, was due to retire from his position as Deputy CEO in late 2013, but sadly passed away following illness in October 2013. Colleagues felt it appropriate that after his years of commitment to the local communities he should be remembered in a positive way. Clive loved sport and in consultation with Clive’s family the Town Council established the Clive Sherwood Cup. The first recipient of the Clive Sherwood Cup in 2017 was Ella Gibson, a 17 year old member of Deer Park Archers, for her extraordinary achievements in archery. The family of Clive Sherwood are delighted that the Cup has again been won by such a talent.

The standard of all the entrants was very high and Harrison is the most deserved of winners. Nominated by Gareth Williams, who describes Harrison as “a real team player his maturity sets a real example to new players stepping into adult cricket. His bowling has developed to a level of pace and accuracy good enough to trouble the best batsmen in the league. His fielding is superb, setting a positive example to all.”

Harrison’s Sports Lecturer at Cirencester College added, “As a lead learner in the classroom, Harrison continually demonstrates the qualities of an experienced and innovative coach. Applying his knowledge of cricket, Harrison engages with coaching pedagogy and principles to deliver high level sessions to his peers, acting as a role model for those studying on the BTEC Sports course here at the College. Harrison has a very bright future ahead and is making considerable strides along his career pathway towards becoming a physical education teacher."

Long term, Harrison is hoping to go on to become a teacher, to continue to inspire, lead and develop the next generation of young sportsmen and women. Outside of cricket he is a keen golfer and plays college rugby.

To nominate someone for the 2019 award you can download a form here.